Online dance classes spark complaints

Online dance classes spark complaints

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Ms Coady and four other instructors, including her eldest daughter, teach ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz dance and acrobatics dance to children as young as two from separate studios.

In her Facebook message to the local community, Ms Coady said she wanted to let everyone know that she was running online classes safely because she had felt bad about “wasting the time of police when they have so many other things to be dealing with during this lockdown”.

Indi Coady, 19, doing a Zoom class at CDC Studios.

Indi Coady, 19, doing a Zoom class at CDC Studios.Credit:CDC Studios

“I’m not complaining at all,” she said. “I love the neighbourhood. I know the local businesses are really missing the 300 families we bring into the area.

“I just wanted to put it out there that we are doing the right thing and following all the appropriate public health orders.”

Indi Coady, 19, teaches a range of classes with her mother including contemporary dance, jazz, hip hop and acrobatics.

“It’s great that we still get the opportunity to teach the kids, but it is a lot easier in the studio. It’s challenging keeping them engaged, especially the younger ones,” she said.

Her sister Ella Coady, 15, said it was important for her to stay active and to keep dancing during the lockdown on her own and doing Zoom classes across the full range of styles.

”Although it’s not as fun without your friends here, it is still the same classes and still really enjoyable,” she said.

NSW Police said it had received 32,500 pandemic related calls to Crime Stoppers as of 7am on June 27. This number had increased to 82,500 by 7am on Wednesday.

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“Police assess all information received and will investigate if they believe there is a possible breach of [Public Health Orders],” a NSW Police spokeswoman said.

NSW Police Minister David Elliott has urged the public to tip off police through Crime Stoppers “as one of the most useful and important weapons in the war against COVID”.

A Leichhardt gym has also posted a community message on Facebook saying it had been checked by police each week since lockdown started as a result of complaints made to Crime Stoppers.

The post said police found the gym had been following the public health orders in providing one-to-one training sessions and assured the community it was not “skirting around the rules or doing the wrong thing”.

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The gym said staff members were wearing masks while working with clients outdoors, following NSW Health QR code check-in procedures and social distancing rules and using hospital-grade disinfectant to clean its equipment.

“If you are worried about how we have been operating, I hope this has eased your concerns,” the message said.

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